Tag:Jermichael Finley
Posted on: October 13, 2010 5:22 pm

Finley tweets that he's out for year

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Year Of The Take Over (also known as YOTTO, the acronym that’s blared on seemingly every one of his tweets) will have to wait until next season. That’s what Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley wrote on his Twitter page late this afternoon, seemingly confirming the news from earlier today that he’s done for the season after a knee injury last Sunday.

Originally, it was thought Finley would miss (maybe) a few weeks while recovering from meniscus surgery. But when doctors opened his knee, they found more extensive damage.

Earlier, we told you about the report that said he was telling his teammates he’s done for the year. Now, he’s telling everybody else.

So, we turn the page and figure out what this means for the Packers the rest of the season and for the opponents which have to gameplan against Green Bay. For that, we look to the National Football Post’s Matt Bowen who writes that Finley typically would have been the biggest matchup problem of any defense he’d face.

That’s because he was too big and physical for a cornerback or safety to cover but he was too fast for a linebacker to trail in pass coverage.

“Doesn’t matter if you use a nickel corner, a strong safety or a(n) outside linebacker who can run,” Bowen writes. “If I am calling the coverage for the defense, I don’t like that matchup at all.”

More from Bowen: “I try to compare it to what I experienced as a player. For example, the times I played on defenses that went up against Tony Gonzalez. I don’t want to say that panic broke out in the meeting room when we talked schemes and matchups, but there was a level of discomfort knowing that the TE was going to be a big factor. More to prepare for.”

In the absence of Finley and backup Donald Lee, who is out a few weeks with a chest sprain, Andrew Quarless will move into the starting spot. On Sunday vs. the Redskins, the fifth-round pick out of Penn State caught four passes for 58 yards.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:19 am
Edited on: October 13, 2010 7:26 pm

Report: Finley telling teammates season over

Posted by Will Brinson

It hasn't been a great week to be a Green Bay Packers fan -- the loss to the Redskins, the concussion to the Aaron Rodgers and the torn meniscus injury to Jermichael Finley were all bad news.

Things could be getting worse, too, as there's a report out there indicating Finley could miss the rest of the season.

Brad Biggs of the National Football Post is reporting that Finley's recovery time, initially diagnosed at as low as three weeks, "will be more like six to 10 weeks and if it's at that outer limit, Finley's availability for the season will be very much in doubt."

This is a HUGE nightmare for a Packers team that's struggled offensively much more than anyone thought it would -- Finley ranks 25th in the league in receiving yards and though his other stats (catches, targets, touchdowns), but the athletic freak is a gamechanger, matchup-wise, for the Packers offense.

Losing him hurts right away because the Dolphins are particularly vulnerable to athletic tight ends, but if he's done for a lengthy time, coupled with the fact that the Packers have no rushing game to speak of, Green Bay's "super" season forecast changes dramatically.

Update: Greg Bedard, our Packers Rapid Reporter, reports that Finley will be "out longer than three weeks after surgery, but right now [the] season is not in jeopardy.

Update (12:47): According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Finley is telling teammates he's done for the year, after his surgery revealed much more damage than initially thought.

Given the way this news unfolded -- reports that Finley could be out longer than expected, followed by a discussion of possible further injury, this isn't that shocking. That doesn't make it good news though, of course.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:05 pm

Injuries rock Green Bay

Posted by Andy Benoit

You know things are bad when a team warrants a special Monday injury report. The Green Bay Packers, whom many picked to go to the Super Bowl, have been rocked by injuries. Given what has transpired, a voodoo doctor may not be out of the question. Here is the latest:

**Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss practice time this week and possibly Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after suffering a concussion against the Redskins.

**Tight end Jermichael Finley will be on the mend for roughly a month after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Finley’s backup, Donald Lee, is also out a few weeks with a shoulder injury.

**Outside linebacker Clay Matthews, the leading sacker in the NFL (8), suffered another hamstring injury Sunday. His status is up in the air, though this injury is reportedly less severe than the one Matthews suffered in training camp.

**Defensive end Ryan Pickett, a domineering run-defender, is questionable with a knee injury. (Lucky it wasn’t worse.)

**It was announced that inside linebacker Nick Barnett indeed needs surgery on his wrist, which means his 2010 season is done.

**Safety Derrick Martin suffered what could be a serious knee injury against Washington. The Packers already lost rookie safety Morgan Burnett to an ACL last week.

**There were reports last week that right tackle Mark Tauscher’s shoulder injury could be severe. No updates on Tauscher at this point, though the 11th-year veteran was inactive against the Redskins.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 1:52 pm

Jermichael Finley headed for surgery

Posted by Andy Benoit

Disaster was avoided for the Packers offense…sort of. An MRI has determined that Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will need surgery. However, it is just a minor knee scope. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network believes the budding young superstar will be out 3-4 weeks. Others have suggested 6-8 weeks. Either way, the Packers expect to have Finley for the stretch run.

Still, it’s unknown how effective Finley will be upon his return. So much of his impact is predicated on athleticism. Exacerbating matters for Green Bay is the fact that backup Donald Lee is out for a few weeks after injuring his shoulder against the Redskins. Third-string tight end Andrew Quarless showed fluid athleticism and decent awareness filling in for the injured veterans Sunday; don’t be surprised if the fifth-round rookie winds up keeping the No. 2 job once Lee gets back.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:25 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 6:50 pm

Jermichael Finley leaves game with leg injury

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Packers TE Jermichael Finley injured his leg on Green Bay’s opening drive, and his return is questionable. After TE Donald Lee fumbled a catch from QB Aaron Rodgers and the Redskins recovered, Finley tried tackling Kareem Moore.

Apparently, he was injured trying to do so.

He was helped to the sideline, but he then took a cart from the sidelines to the locker room.

UPDATE (1:36 p.m.): TE Donald Lee is out for the game with a shoulder injury. That leaves us with this question: where is Mark Chmura when you need him?

UPDATE (6:49 p.m.):
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, all of Finley's ligaments are intact. He has an MRI scheduled for Monday.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:52 pm

Hot Routes 9.20.10 Some box score tidbits

Posted by Andy Benoit

In this week’s 10 Stories That Deserve Your Attention, we focused on how LaDainian Tomlinson appears to be handling a much heavier load than expected for the Jets. This is supposed to be Shonn Greene’s backfield. Well, the man Tomlinson essentially replaced, Thomas Jones, is doing the same thing in Kansas City. Jones carried the ball 22 times against the Browns Sunday (83 yards). Jamaal Charles, who is coming off the bench, had 11 carries (49 yards).

Third-round rookie tight end Tony Moeaki led the Chiefs with five catches for 58 yards.

Ndamukong Sun flashed dominance for the second week in a row. Suh recorded a sack against Michael Vick (he may have gotten away with a facemask on the play) and consistently pushed the interior pocket.

How about these rushing statistics for the Cowboys: Marion Barber 11 carries for 31 yards; Felix Jones 7 carries for 7 yards; Tashard Choice 1 carry for -1 yard. Somehow, you can’t help but think this is Tony Romo’s fault.

Trent Edwards was 11/18 for 102 yards and two picks against the Packers. When Marshawn Lynch ran for 14 yards to end the first quarter, that brought Buffalo’s net yardage on the day back to zero. C. Matthews (US Presswire)

Jermichael Finley has his second career 100-yard game. Expect at least five more this season for the best tight end in the NFC.

Should we just go ahead and vote for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award now? Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had three sacks for the second week in a row. This for a guy who sat out virtually the entire preseason with a hamstring injury.

Actually, we’d better not crown Matthews yet. Mario Williams followed his stellar Week 1 performance with a shimmering outing against the Redskins. Williams recorded three sacks, two tackles for a loss and two pass deflections. It’s safe to say the Texans probably don’t win that game without him.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries against a fairly-staunch Dolphins D. There wasn’t a cheap yard in the bunch. Peterson put on an absolute show late in the second half, showing his familiar powerful burst and uncanny change-of-direction prowess. However, his show came to an abrupt end on the second to last drive, when the Dolphins kept him out of the end zone on four-straight plays from inside the 10.

Chris Johnson had his streak of 100-yard games snapped at 12 by a Steelers D that has given up just one 100-yard rushing performance in its last 36 outings. Johnson managed just 34 yards on 16 carries. He had an 85-yard touchdown called back because of a Eugene Amano holding penalty (even with nose tackle Casey Hampton out, the Titans center had a rough afternoon).

A week after his impressive return to the NFL, Seahawks wideout Mike Williams had just one catch for seven yards against the Broncos.

Wes Welker and Randy Moss were both held to 38 yards receiving.

The Chargers held Maurice Jones-Drew to 31 yards on 12 carries. Rashad Jennings actually got nine carries, producing 38 yards.

Philip Rivers 334 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and an unofficial 3 screams at his offensive linemen against the Jaguars.

Shawne Merriman got on the field for the first time all season and recorded three tackles.

Tim Hightower was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals. With Beanie Wells still out with a knee injury, the third-year running back carried the entire load Sunday. Hightower rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper in which he showed newfound quickness and acceleration.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: September 19, 2010 12:05 pm

AFC Inactives: Week 2

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Names of people who are ACTIVE include Todd Heap and Lardarius Webb.

Keith Rivers, LB, Bengals: He's been bothered by a bad foot, and that's bad news for the Bengals defense. Rivers might be the best LB on the roster, and Cincinnati's run defense will suffer from his absence. Brandon Johnson will take his place.

Jake Delhomme, QB, Browns:
This is no surprise. He was doubtful coming into the weekend with an ankle injury, and now, it's official. Seneca Wallace, who doesn't have the throwing potential of Delhomme but has good scrambling ability, will get the start.

Jon McGraw, FS, Chiefs:
He was expected to start - especially after being in the lineup in Week 1 - but instead, Kansas City's coaches are going with the youth movement. The Chiefs will start fifth-round pick Kendrick Lewis, who's exceeded expectations in his first season, and together with Eric Berry, that's a very young safeties corps.

William Hayes, DL, Titans: After missing the season-opener last week, it was thought Hayes possibly could play today. Hayes, in fact, said this week that if he was needed, he definitely could go against Pittsburgh. Ultimately, a lack of conditioning might have been the reason he's not playing.

Casey Hampton, NT, Steelers: With Titans RB Chris Johnson coming to town, this isn't great news for Pittsburgh, even though everybody knew this was going to happen. Chris Hoke likely will take his place.

Jared Gaither, OT, Ravens: The right side of Baltimore's offensive line still remains in limbo, because Gaither still hasn't recovered from his back injury. He says he's doing well and recovering, but that hasn't translated into anything on the field. Marshal Yanda gets the start in his place.

Ikaika Alama-Francis, LB, Dolphins:
He missed last week with an illness, and he was scratched about 90 minutes before Miami's win at Buffalo. Apparently, he's still sick, and apparently, Koa Misi, who had a good game last week, has passed him on the depth chart.

Paul Posluszny , LB, Bills: We knew this already. Posluszny is out a couple weeks with a knee injury. But it's worth noting that perhaps the happiest player about this news is Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley. He might be in for a big day.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 7:35 pm

What to Watch For: Saturday Preseason Games

Saturday features a pretty good slate of preseason games, each with some interesting storylines. You can follow all the action on our NFL Scoreboard, but for now, let's take a quick walk through the schedule and let you know what we're looking for; hit us with what you're watching in the comments or on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • Miami v. Tampa Bay : Easily the biggest story here will be the performance of the Bucs' youngsters. While it's unlikely Tampa Bay will be contending for anything in 2010, how Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price perform during the season will probably determine the length that Raheem Morris keeps his job. For the Dolphins, seeing how Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne click will be interesting -- their being on the same page is paramount for the Fins success.
  • Pittsburgh v. Detroit : It's all about Ben Roethlisberger. (Will he start? Will he get booed?) At least for Pittsburgh, anyway. For Detroit, I'm focusing on how Jahvid Best runs and what kind of coverage Calvin Johnson sees with additional weapons on the offensive side of the ball, as well as how much disruption Ndamukong Suh can cause.
  • Arizona v. Houston : For the Cardinals, the passing game is going to be crucial -- how will Matt Leinart perform in his first opportunity to make an in-game impression following the Kurt Warner era? The Texans are set as far as the passing game goes, but the running game is a whole different issue: out of Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton, someone has to emerge who can carry the load.
  • Green Bay v. Cleveland : Yikes -- the Packers are fun and all, but this shouldn't be a thriller. I suppose it's worth checking out my man Jake Delhomme to see if he can make Cleveland relevant. Rookie Joe Haden will start too, and he gets quite the test against Aaron Rodgers. Andy and I discussed the man-crushing on Jermichael Finley Friday as well, so it'll be interesting to see if Rodgers looks his way first chance he gets. Bryan Bulaga's probably the only other potentially big surprise for the Pack.
  • St. Louis v. Minnesota : I, for one, am stoked to see how Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley compare. Also, Mardy Gilyard is stupid good on Madden '11 (I know, I know) but unfortunately, he's not supposed to play. For Minnesota, the focus is going to be on the quarterback position as well -- if Brett Favre doesn't come back, can Tavaris Jackson at least look good against what shouldn't be dangerous defense? (Or, alternately, can the Rams' D manage to make the Favre-less Vikes O look bad?)
  • San Diego v. Chicago : With Shawn Merriman now in camp, the biggest issue facing the Chargers is the absence of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil -- can Malcolm Floyd/Buster Davis and a patchwork group of left tackles fill the respective holes on the offense? For the Bears, Julius Peppers' performance will be interesting to watch, but more important will be the offensive line play and Jay Cutler's ability to adapt to Mike Martz' system.
  • Seattle v. Tennessee : I'll be scoping out Golden Tate's action, as I think he could be a difference maker this year. I also happen to love Justin Forsett for some reason -- Charlie Whitehurst will get some action to prove why he's such a highly paid backup. Vince Young's ability to perform at the same level he maintained during the second half is imperative for the Titans to succeed. Tonight we get to see if he can get off on the right foot.
So, what about you -- what are you looking for tonight?

(Ed. Note: Sorry, we published an un-saved version that didn't have the SD/CHI and SEA/TEN games on there. Our bad.)
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